Glasgow businessman unable to act as a director and fined £15,000 for employing an illegal worker

A Glasgow businessman has been disqualified from acting as director of a company for three-and-a-half years, after admitting to employing an illegal worker. He was the sole director of a noodle restaurant in Glasgow’s West End.

In January 2017, Home Office officials requested evidence of eligibility to work in the UK checks made in respect of an employee and as there was no evidence to suggest that correct checks had been carried out, the employer was fined £15,000 for engaging an illegal worker. The company was unable to pay the fine, and went into liquidation in October last year.

The director admitted to hiring the illegal worker, and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy accepted a disqualification undertaking, barring him from acting as a director of a company for three-and-a-half years.

Immigration laws make employers responsible for preventing illegal workers in the UK. To comply with the law, a company must check and be able to prove documents have been checked prior to recruitment showing that a person is entitled to work in the UK.

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